It’s no secret that your Kerrville family dentist wants you to floss; flossing is a vital part of good oral hygiene! It gets that gunk lodged between your teeth, while brushing only gets the material on the exposed surfaces. Even antibacterial mouthwash won’t get that stuff between your teeth! So, make sure you’re using an interdental cleaner (something that will clean between those pearly whites).
What’s the Big Deal About Flossing?
Once you’ve enjoyed a tasty meal or snack, your mouth provides a warm and moist environment for bacteria to flourish. Even after you’ve brushed your teeth, if you aren’t regularly flossing, the bacteria that is still stuck between your teeth can harden into tartar and plaque. And believe it or not, there are over 500 species of bacteria found in plaque! Once that plaque starts to build, you increase your risk of gingivitis, which can turn to gum disease. Gingivitis will also destroy the enamel between your teeth, giving you cavities in those tight spaces. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease. This is where the fixes get complicated and expensive, so save yourself the time, money, and painful hassle, and floss.
The Floss Technique
You should floss at least once per day, and right before bed is a good time to do it. This will get that stuff out of your interdental spaces so it doesn’t multiply and do damage overnight. Make sure that you talk to your Kerrville family dentist about effective technique. Generally, you want to make sure the floss goes up and down the side of each tooth. Don’t be afraid to let it touch your gums! If they bleed while flossing, talk to Dr. Butler about the best course of action. Whether you brush or floss first is up to you. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with anti-microbial fluoride toothpaste for about two minutes. This will get that bacteria-laden film off your teeth, and the floss will get the stuff between them.
Your family dentist in Kerrville knows how important your oral health is, and we want to ensure you get the best care available. So, go ahead and set a flossing goal and work on it as a family! You (and we) will be glad you did.